Make A Paper Plate Sombrero for a Cinco De Mayo Craft {Easy and Fun!}

I discovered this paper plate sombrero hat idea during our school’s cultural day. It’s the perfect craft for Cinco De Mayo. Come on in, and I’ll show you how to make this Paper Plate Sombrero for Cinco De Mayo.

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Sombrero Hat, Cinco De Mayo Craft…

It’s finally May, and it’s time for summer, almost summer crafts. We can finally celebrate holidays like Cinco De Mayo with Cinco De Mayo parties and make summer with crafts like pipe cleaner flowers, homemade sidewalk chalk, and DIY Flip-Flops

I love it when the kids bring home a fun craft to do. This one is easy and fun to do with the kids. This Sombrero Craft is so much fun and easy to make. It’s the perfect craft for kids to celebrate Cinco De Mayo or a fun Mexican-themed party.

 

Watch My Video on How I made this Sombrero Hat Craft

Supplies You’ll Need for Making a Sombrero Hat

  • A Paper Plate
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Solo cup or Hefty Cup – around 16 oz. – any colorful, tall, plastic cup should work for this craft
  • Pom-Poms – 6-8  per hat
  • A temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cording – about 12 inches per hat
  • Optional: If you plan on making a hat with the pom-poms dangling, you’ll need Ribbon or Yarn – about 6 ( 3-inch long) pieces for each hat

How to Make a Sombrero

  • Using a pencil, pen, or maker, trace the outer edge of a solo cup in the middle of the plate.
A Paper Plate Sombrero Craft
  • From the hole you traced on the plate, cut a smaller circle out of the middle, leaving a small border
  • *the hole in the plate helps prevent the hat from sliding off of your head, but you do not want to make it so big that the cup slips through
A Paper Plate Sombrero Craft
  • Glue the Solo cup upside down over the hole

For Dangling Pom-Poms

  • Glue pom-poms onto  one end of your 3-inch long pieces of ribbon
  • Decorate the hat’s brim with ribbon and pom-poms by gluing them to the underside of the plate.
Paper Plate Sombrero Craft

The Sombrero Hat Version with pom-poms glued to the top

  • Glue around eight pom-poms directly to the top of the brim of the hat
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Fastening a Chin Strap to the Sombrero Craft to Wear It

  • Use a hole punch to make 2  tiny holes directly across from each other on either side of the rim
  • Tie around a 9 in. piece of elastic cording on to help keep the hat nice and secure
  • *you may need to adjust the length of the elastic cording for the kids. Older kids might need more slack

More Decorating Ideas

Glue sequins to the plastic cup for more fun

Paper Plate Sombrero Hat

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Make A Paper Plate Sombrero Craft {Easy and Fun!}

An easy DIY Sombrero to for kids to wear
Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Yield: 1 hat
Author: Melissa Haines
Cost: $5

Materials

  • A Paper PlateScissorseces for each hat
  • Plastic Solo cup or Hefty Cup around 16 oz.
  • Pom-Poms – 6-8  per hat
  • A temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cording – about 12 inches per hat
  • Ribbon or Yarn – about 6 ( 3-inch long) pieces Optional: if you plan on dangling pom-poms from plate

Instructions

  • Trace the solo cup in the middle of the plate
  • From the hole you traced on the plate, cut a smaller circle out of the middle, leaving a small border
  • *the hole in the plate helps prevent the hat from sliding off of your head, but you do not want to make it so big that the cup slips through
  • Glue the Solo cup upside down over the hole

For Dangling Pom-Poms

  • Glue pom-poms onto  one end of your 3-inch long pieces of ribbon
  • decorate the hat with ribbon and pom-poms by gluing them to the underside of the plate

For Pom-Poms on top of Plate

  • Glue about eight pom-poms directly to the top brim of the plate

Making a Chin Strap

  • Use a hole punch to make 2  tiny holes directly across from each other on either side of the rim
  • Tie around a 9 in. piece of elastic cording on to help keep the hat nice and secure
  • *you may need to adjust the length of the elastic cording for the kids. Older kids might need more slack

FAQs

What is a Sombrero?

It is a wide-brimmed Mexican hat that men would wear to keep the sun out of their eyes

Here’s What You’ll Love about this DIY Sombrero

It’s Easy: There are very few supplies to gather and it’s simple to do. The kids will love helping make their own Sombrero Hat from a colorful paper plate

Festive: With so many colors and designs that you can find with paper plates and pom-poms, you can really have fun making a vibrant sombrero hat for your Cinco De Mayo celebration

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    This Post Has 4 Comments

    1. Sue

      Thank you for the great sombrero idea! Very helpful! And easy to make!

    2. Drew

      Cominciamo dai trattori. Scori poichè ѕono migliori!

    3. Lori Atchley

      What size cups did you use for the paper plate sombrero?

      1. Melissa

        I typically use anywhere from 16-18 oz. sized cups. I’ve used the classic Red Solo Cups and Hefty Cups. You really just want a somewhat tall, colorful plastic cup for this craft. I hope this helps. 🙂